Nerd Nite 61: Alzheimer's, Beavers, Transplantation

18th July


Our speakers this month:

Dr Louise Serpell: Untangling the causes of Alzheimer’s disease: one protein at a time.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of Dementia and diagnosis is increasing yearly as we live longer. What do we know about the possible causes of Alzheimer’s and what are researchers doing to understand it? This basic research work is essential to understand a complex disease to enable therapies to be designed to modify disease progression. Louise Serpell has been conducting research to understand neurodegenerative diseases for over 25 years. She works at the University of Sussex where she has an interest in protein self-assembly and her research group is seeking to understand the underlying causes of Alzheimer’s disease.

Kathy Halsall: Chilli, poo and confused beavers: how can we ever co-exist with wildlife in a developing world?

Where desperate people and desperate animals meet, conflict for resources is inevitable. It is one of the biggest challenges facing successful wildlife conservation, particularly in developing countries. How can you justify spending money protecting endangered species like elephants when the people who coexist with them often can’t feed their own children? Equally these countries are experiencing rapid natural habitat loss and human encroachment into previously “wild” areas. This talk will look at human-wildlife conflict overseas and in the UK, and what can be done about it. Kathy is an Ecologist who has first hand experience working with communities in developing countries to research and attempt to reduce human wildlife conflict. She currently works in the UK advising on major infrastructure developments around the country to help reduce and control their ecological impact.

Dr Hannah Maple: “You do WHAT?!” - The crazy world of transplantation in 2019

Hannah Maple somehow managed to become a transplant surgeon, despite being a) from Crawley and b) a woman. She graduated from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ medical school in 2007 and currently works as a transplant registrar at Guy’s Hospital, London. She is known as the ‘pink and fluffy one’ due to her interest in health psychology and love of cats and penguins. She was awarded a PhD in 2015 for her thesis which attempted to measure how living kidney donors benefit psychologically from their donation. She is a world expert in the practice of altruistic kidney donation (where someone donates a kidney to someone they do not know) and is branching out into the complex mystical world of medication non-adherence. In her spare time she likes to think about what she would do in her spare time, if she had any.

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